Historic abuse at Sherborne Prep: Council silent over findings of report

A council has refused to comment in detail on a 25-year-old report that revealed concerns raised by boarding pupils at a school five years before its head was ousted as a "fixated paedophile".

A report released from Dorset County Council's archives documented deeply troubling behaviour by the now disgraced head of Sherborne Preparatory School, Robin Lindsay.

These included accusations that he had interfered with male boarding students and dismissed an allegation of abuse made by one pupil as a dream.

Lindsay's behaviour in the decades before he was forced to leave the school in 1998 has been investigated in recent months after survivors of abuse came forward to Somerset Live and ITV.

Following a Freedom of Information request, Dorset County Council has released the report of an inspection carried out by its social services department in 1993 .

A second report, carried out in 1997, said to be "damning in the extreme", has been either lost or destroyed, the council said.

Dorset County Council said it would co-operate with any inquiry into how Lindsay was able to get away with his actions for so long.

But it declined to answer questions about why the second report has gone missing and why Lindsay was able to continue in his role as headmaster at the school given the extraordinary allegations against him.

Instead, the council released a short statement which read: "We take allegations of abuse very seriously and would always urge victims to come forward and report it.

"We are not able to comment any further on the matter. However, if an inquiry is called we would fully co-operate if asked to take part."

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